Illustrator Hallie Bateman collaborated with her mother on the forthcoming book What To Do When I’m Gone, a preemptive daily guide for a daughter processing the grief of her mother’s death. This tandem bicycle appears alongside the instructions for Day 1800, on which Bateman is prompted to sing her mother’s lullaby about ‘a bicycle built for two’ to her own future children. The vibrant opacity of gouache captures the project’s emotional tenor—at once playful and reflective, intimately familiar and universal.
Hallie Bateman (b. 1989, California) is an illustrator and writer who lives in Los Angeles. Her drawings and writing have appeared regularly in The New Yorker since 2015, and are also published in such venues as The New York Times Magazine, The Awl, and Hyperallergic. Bateman illustrated Love Voltaire Us Apart by Julia Edelman (Icon Books 2016) and published a creative journal, Brave New Work, with MoMA in 2017. Her book What To Do When I’m Gone, a collaboration with her mother, is forthcoming from Bloomsbury.
Gouache on paper
4.25 × 10.25 inches